Saturday, July 28, 2007

Environmental disaster preparedness

People tend to ask me challenging questions and a very good friend of mine mentioned the local (Burnaby) oil spill as a suggestion. What should have been done? Was it properly handled? There’s a whole line of research in environmental studies that looks at disaster preparedness and vulnerability. The challenge really I think is to be prepared for everything. Can we really be ready to face any environmental disaster?

The November 2006 boil water advisory in Vancouver and this week’s oil spill in Burnaby are just two reminders that we need to be seriously prepared for contingencies. What do you do to prepare yourself against any potential environmental disasters?

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